To efficiently track the sites I’m interested in, I use Google Reader. This free online app enables you to subscribe to your favorite sites, keeping all the updates in one location. Every time I visit Reader, I immediately see all the most recent updates to all of the sites I’m interested in.
Last time, we discussed a few ways to help students search Google. Google helps us find related websites, however its ranking system does not necessarily return the most reliable pages. The final step requires our human mind to make difficult decisions that computers can only approximate. Simply choosing the top result is not enough. We must teach our students to evaluate websites.
Symbolism, a mainstay of literature discussion, seems too abstract and ephemeral to teach to younger students. However, with a well-constructed lesson, students will quickly get the hang of symbolic representation. We’ll finish this unit up with some great pixel-art and computer painting.
Here’s a sample of the power of Respondo! – “Substitute The Giver’s setting for A Wrinkle In Time’s setting. Dramatize how this would affect A Wrinkle In Time’s plot. Create a skit.”
In several of my presentations, I use images taken from movies. When discussing writing, I use several screenshots from Finding Nemo, for example, to illustrate the plot’s structure. Every time I present, several people ask how I got the images, so here’s the answer…
Here’s part of my technology presentation from CAG 2011. In this project, students will develop a movie trailer of a story they have read in class. The purpose is to analyze the tone of the original story and recreate it in a multimedia format.
Gifted students thrive on the novel, but there comes a point when I feel like I’ve used up all my interesting ideas. Who has the time and memory to keep fresh, new ideas flowing? Here are my top five free tools to quickly discover (and easily keep track of) new ideas…
Tell me your gifted learners won’t be fascinating and inspired by this video of a robot capable of folding hand towels.
After students complete a district test, many teachers receive access to data-rich spreadsheets detailing student performance across standards. The problem is, it takes a bit of work to group students based on these standards. Since in a former life I was a computer programmer, I created a utility to automatically group students from these spreadsheets: The Student Grouper.
As teachers, I spend a ton of time searching for inspiration to enliven my lessons. But sometimes, inspiration hits as soon as you leave the desk and books behind. Friday my wife and I took a trip to Disneyland and saw this unbelievable (literally, it seems like magic) intersection of art & technology.